Orange Blossom Iced Tea
Since we are having such a warm September I have been making iced tea to enjoy in the garden before the trees start to drop their leaves. Iced tea is so easy to make and just feels that little bit special. I make mine with Redbush (Rooibos) Tea which is caffeine free but you could use an ordinary teabag or Chamomile if you prefer.
Whenever I feel a cold coming on I make a hot cup of Rooibos with honey and lemon. That always makes me feel better. I have used the same idea here – Rooibos, honey, and orange to replace the lemon. I also add a splash of orange blossom water to add a touch of the exotic.
Make the tea a good few hours before you plan to use it so that it can get really cold. In fact, I have found that it tastes even better the next day if left overnight in the fridge. I usually make a large jug and cut up a couple of oranges to steep in the tea.
For two glasses:
1 Rooibos teabag
1 teaspoon honey – I like to use a good quality honey as it adds extra flavour
2 orange slices
a splash of orange blossom water – taste to see how much you need. Rather add too little at first and add more. It has a strong scent so you don’t want to use too much.
Boil the kettle and pour boiling water over the teabag set in a medium sized bowl. You will need enough for two glasses or cups. If you are making a jugful then use 2 -3 teabags. Allow to steep for 10 minutes. Add the homey and stir well to combine. Remove the teabag and allow to cool.
Add the orange blossom water and the orange slices. A few sprigs of mint will not go amiss. Refrigerate until cool.
Serve well chilled and add a few ice cubes.